Ambode Second term: Epe indigenes turn prayer warriors as APC elders seal governor’s fate

Governor Ambode of Lagos is currently swimming against the political tide, that is the APC nomination ticket after it appear that top officials of the party are determined not to let him seek a second term in office using the party’s platform.

Though, Ambode has made several contact with powerful party members both within and outside the state, it seem his fate is sealed base on the words of on observer who was at a meeting of party elders on Tuesday and reported a cryptic message by the party national leader, Bola Tinubu.

“For us, we already know the direction things will go in today’s meeting because after the Tuesday’s parley, Asiwaju left us with a strongly coded rhetorical question, that is, ‘can you pack back into a bottle the beer you want to drink after spilling same on the floor?” the source said.

However, knowing that their illustrious son may soon be shown the door out of state house, Alausa, in the coming months, indigenes of Epe, the home town of the governor have resorted to prayer and fasting.

A cleric of the church who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed that intercessory prayers are being held for Gov. Ambode. He vowed that the daily vigil and prayer session would not stop until Ambode’s second term ticket is guaranteed by APC.

“It is true that this church is coordinating series of prayers for Gov. Ambode. What we are doing is not evil. We have no regret over it,” he declared.

“Gov. Ambode and his family are part and parcel of this church. Although Gov. Ambode himself is no longer a member of the Anglican Church, when he was young, he used to worship with us here with his parents. Up till today, the governor’s mother, Mama, is a regular worshipper with us.

“Mama is very close to us, and up till today, there is no programme or project we have in the church that Mama, the governor and other members of the family don’t join us in doing. Like every other family in this church, the Ambode family also observed its own yearly harvest and thanksgiving in the church,” he added.

 

“Let me, however, state this categorically. There are talks about some individuals and groups. There are those mentioning that one group called Mandate has sealed the fate of Ambode and that he is a goner. People should however know that with God nothing is impossible. It is only God that can give anybody a mandate. If God gives Ambode a divine mandate, not even one million Mandate Group can stop him. Let’s leave everything in the hand of God,” he concluded.

 

#OsunDesides2018: Facts and Figures about Osun guber election

The people of Osun State will troop to the polling unites today to cast their vote for a preferred candidate that will govern them for the next four years. The present Governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola is constitutionally mandated to relinquish the seat this year at the end of his two term of eight years tenure.

Lining up to take Aregbesola’s place at the Government House are 48 candidates representing 48 different political parties. In this regard, Osun people are spoilt for choice but only one of them can become governor.

Each of the over 40 candidates will hope to convince 1,687,492 registered voters scattered around 30 local government areas that they are the right person for the job. However, only 1,246,915 PVC were distributed, so it is safe to say that the number of voters will drop significantly on election day.

INEC has distributed over 4,700 card readers to 3010 polling units in the 332 registration areas across the state. Though some of this card readers are expected to develop some form problem during the elections, it is however expected that most of them will be used for the election.

It is also expected that that Osun State would play host to over 40 local and international election observers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osun Election: Faulty card readers, deserted streets, little security presence- early report on Osun election

The political consciousness of the people of Osun State state is being put to test today as they are constitutionally bound to elect their next governor.

Already, social media is agog with lots of post regarding the conduct of the election in various areas of the state, as early as six AM, observers had departed to polling units and reports have started trickling in. Below are some to the things Osun residents had to say about the process so far:

INEC and EFCC form tag team against rigging and vote buying in Osun election

Nigeria’s electoral umpire, INEC and the country’s anti-graft watchdog, EFCC and agreed to combine forces against anti democratic element looking to manipulate the outcome of the gubernatorial elections in Osun State.

While both bodies, along side the Nigeria Police have resolve to work together against vote rigging, what is of paramount importance is the issue of vote buying which was taken to a new level at the recently held Ekiti governorship elections where both the PDP and APC were accused of inducing voters with cash.

Speaking recently during a meeting of the heads both the EFCC and INEC, chairman of the electoral body, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said:

“We are here as part of our consultations with critical agencies that are connected to the electoral process. We have undertaken a number of innovations to strengthen the electoral system and these days, you hear less of ballot box snatching and kidnapping of INEC officials. But as we solve one problem, another one is coming up.”

“Of immediate concern is the election we are holding on Saturday (September 22) in Osun State and it is going to be the last major election before the 2019 general elections. We have taken steps as a Commission, but we need the support of the EFCC in this respect.

“Vote buying and selling is earning a bad reputation for our democracy, for our elections and we thought we should visit national institutions like the EFCC because you have the powers under the law to arrest, to investigate, to prosecute and to help us, so we can stem this ugly tide of vote buying and selling.”

He implored the EFCC to also monitor campaign finances of political parties and their candidates.

“As we go into the elections proper in 2019, we also need your support in the area of campaign finance and spending by candidates. The law has prescribed limits as to what candidates can spend in elections but we need the enforcement of these laws. We don’t want the money-bags to determine our democracy. We want the votes of the people to determine who wins in our elections”.

Mr. Magu, who shared the INEC’s Chairman’s worries, said: “There’s indeed a lot of concern about vote buying and selling. There’s also a lot of concern about the possibility of moneybags trying to derail our democracy and democratic process. We have the mandate to monitor money transfers and we are collaborating with the banks.

“We have the mandate to arrest, investigate and prosecute and we are going to use the (Osun governorship election) as a test case.”

Magu also assured the INEC Chairman: “We will work with you. We will do our best.”

Fayose attacks Buhari again! Calls APC leaders monsters and oppressors

Outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose has ones again launch a scathing attack on President Buhari and the leadership of the APC referring to them as monsters and oppressors.

Speaking during the visit of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Fayose stated that Nigeria is in desperate need of a president that is young and vibrant. He further challenge Tambuwal who is one of PDP aspirant vying for the office of the president, to help return the party to power in 2019 just has he helped Buhari win the 2015 election.

He further complained about the unfair treatment meted to the people of Ekiti State as it regards the distribution of the Paris Club Refund which the state was not given its due share by the Buhari government.

“You (Tambuwal) were one of those who repackaged President Buhari in 2015 and ensured he won the presidential election.
You must make sure you do same in the 2019 election.

“Everyone knows that we need a youthful President with energy. Someone who can see Nigeria as one indivisible entity, not a tribalist and religious bigot. The treasure of any man is his vitality, which would make him work harder to deliver his people from poverty.

“Look at what they did now, they excluded Ekiti from N11.6b Paris Club and N2.5b budget support fund I would have used to pay the backlog of salaries. I want to appeal to all workers to ensure that the money is not diverted. They should ensure that it was used to pay their salaries the way I would have loved to do.

“So, in selecting the presidential candidate for our party, Ekiti delegates will vote wisely. We will vote for a president we can trust and the one that will see all Nigerians as one,” Fayose said.

Ambode Second term saga: CUPP accuse Buhari, Oshiomho, and Tinubu of plotting to sack Lagos governor

The Coalition of United Political Party has accused President Buhari and APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of conspiring with the party’s national leader, Bola Tinubu to tame and ultimately remove Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode from office.

In a statement made available to reporters on Friday, Spokesperson of the group, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, encourage the embattled governor to stay strong and resist any attempt to back him to a corner by Tinubu whom they accused of trying to control the resources of the state from his living room.

The Statement reads:

The Coalition for United Political Parties, CUPP, has called on the Governor of Lagos State Akinwumi Ambode, to resist alleged precondition for seeking re-election given to him by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state.

According to CUPP, President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole were “involved in Tinubu’s plot to make Lagos ungovernable if Ambode fails to sign the anti-people pre-condition for re-election support.”

CUPP, in a statement signed by its first National Spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, and made available to reporters Friday morning, also called on the people of Lagos State to firmly resist those it described as ” rampaging army of modern-day slavedrivers who misrepresent democracy with civilian tyranny.”

The coalition called on the embattled Governor to take a stand by rejecting the terms which it alleged were being spelt for him by the party and its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for seeking reelection in office as governor.

“We, therefore, urge Governor Akinwumi Ambode to take a stand and be counted among the democrats. He must realize that the fate of Nigeria’s commercial capital rests upon his shoulders and that he is ultimately answerable to a vast majority of Lagosians who will want to know why he jettisoned the mandate freely given to him without as much as a whimper,” the statement added.

“The people of Lagos must firmly resist the rampaging army of modern-day slave drivers who misrepresent democracy with civilian tyranny. Lagos is nobody’s personal fiefdom.The CUPP has watched with keen interest the unfolding political drama in Lagos State where the vaunting interest of one man is threatening the political stability of the commercial centre of Nigeria while the President watches uncaringly with toothpick in between his lips.

“The same party which promised change; having a chairman with labour background and a President who undeservedly ascribes integrity to his name, idly stands by while one man sustains his stranglehold on Lagos; apportioning political offices and dictating who becomes and who does not become what in Lagos State. This is the colour of the APC democracy!

“Reports emanating from several reliable sources from meetings held to tighten the grip of the National Leader of the APC on the treasury of Lagos State include such obnoxious conditions that Governor Akinwumi Ambode must sign an undated resignation letter which he would submit to the APC leadership before he would be supported to run for his second term in office.

“The reverbrating silence that has greeted this inexplicable impunity shows that the highest echelon of the party including the President and the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole are party to this hideous violation of the agelong tenets of democracy. Needless to mention the grand plot to sustain the institutionalized plundering of the resources of Lagos State.

“The second condition is that the Governor would not be involved in the nomination process of all the candidates of his party for the House of Assembly. Such crude disenfranchisement insults the person of Ambode and denigrates the office of the governor. This is also to ensure that his impeachment goes through easily if he declines to sign the resignation letter.

“While the last condition is that the Governor will always have to consult the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and obtain his approval whenever he wants to carry out any major project in Lagos State. It is a sad day for democracy; and mostly unfortunate that our democracy has been so trivialized that it has been privatized with the stake and aspirations of the people of Lagos state rendered inconsequential.

“It’s neither surprising that the usually garrulous National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiohmole couldn’t find words for the travesty playing out in Lagos state nor is it strange in the least that the President who feigns ignorance even in issues of national importance is mum to the ridiculing of democracy in Lagos state. Apparently, it is convenient for the President to continue to play the ostrich in the misguided hope that Tinubu will be the political asset he needs to keep his doomed second term bid alive in the South West.

“Soon Mr. President and his party will realize how much they have squandered their goodwill and abused the mandate given by Lagosians and Nigerians.

“Sadly, under APC, Lagos has become a study in infamy. There is no better definition of voodoo politics than for a person who does not enjoy the mandate of the people to be the person dispensing the mandate. This is an all-time low and shows that the APC is a political party by day and a ravenous cult group by night.

“Sitting comfortably to share the common patrimony of all Lagosians without batting an eyelid as to the feelings and reactions of Lagosians is the height of impunity. It was such full-blown exhibition of arrogance and mean-spiritedness occasioned by the serial looting of the commonwealth of Lagosians that led the National Leader of APC to declare in one of their disorganized campaign outings in Osun State that he was richer than Osun State.

“Expectedly, it is consequent upon this vile utterance and the blatant ineptitude of the APC across the country that the people of Osun State have resolved to punish the APC for the insensitivity of flaunting their squandermania mentality in a state as dignified as Osun state. The CUPP hereby urges Lagosians and indeed voters all over the country to go and collect their PVC preparatory to enforcing the quit notice on APC in 2019.

“No other party and no other time in history have our countrymen been visited with such pain, misery and despair as currently being served on our people by the APC. The APC is undeserving of votes, and the sophistication of the good people of Lagos has been tasked and challenged by this devilish plot and we hope Lagosians will respond appropriately with their votes against the marauding anti-people forces of the APC.

“We, therefore, urge Governor Akinwumi Ambode to take a stand and be counted among the democrats. He must realize that the fate of Nigeria’s commercial capital rests upon his shoulders and that he is ultimately answerable to a vast majority of Lagosians who will want to know why he jettisoned the mandate freely given to him without as much as a whimper. The people of Lagos must firmly resist the rampaging army of modern day slave-drivers who misrepresent democracy with civilian tyranny. “Lagos is nobody’s personal fiefdom.”

Atiku will make a better PDP candidate than Saraki, kwankwaso-Group

A group called the Atiku Care Foundation Nigeria has stated that the PDP will do well if they allow the former Vice President fly the party’s flag at next year’s election.

Atiku is currently vying for the sole ticket to become the candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election along side other strong contenders such as Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso, current Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal among others.

Speaking to reporters, the North Central Zonal Coordinator of the foundation, Golkuna Gotom, insists that the former Vice President is a much credible, and corrupt free candidate than the rest.

“Atiku Abubakar is a simple and humble person, he has a high pedigree and antecedent that would definitely lead Nigeria to greatness. And now since the party leadership has zoned the presidential candidate to come from the North, it should go to North East and Atiku is the one who deserves to be the PDP’s presidential candidate.

“He has served as vice president for eight years, he has industries in Nigeria, from Adamawa to Port Harcourt, and currently building big hospital in Abuja.

“If he becomes President no single Nigerian should go to England or US for medication again, because he is building big hospital here, he is using his personal money for the betterment of health sector in Nigeria,” Gotom said.

 

Defection: Ex-aviation minister dumps APGA for PDP

Former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, on Friday, announced her defection from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to the the PDP, the party she left to join APGA back in June this year.

Oduah who is the senator representing Anambra North Federal Constituency at the National Assembly stated that her reasons for joining APGA in the first place was due to her believe that the party had ideological leanings towards Igboland but to her surprise, she found that what was on ground was not what is being perceived by those outside the party.

Her statement reads:

“Politics has always been about ideology and delivering service to the people for me, because I believe leadership is all about solving problems,” she said in a statement released by her media office on Friday.

“Political platforms must afford members unfettered opportunity to participate in the electoral process and to solve the problems of their community, constituency and state.

“I joined APGA because I thought it had sound ideological leanings native to Igboland. But my ideological expectations were a mirage. I discovered that internal democracy, which will guarantee justice, fairness and equity, was also not in practice in the party.

“After due consultations and with respect to my religious beliefs, I announce that PDP remains the vehicle through which I will keep fulfilling my mandate to the people of Anambra North.  Thank you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atiku blast Buhari, says President have left Nigerians disappointed and frustrated

Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has stated that the administration of President Buhari has been a major failure stressing that millions of Nigerians who troop out to vote for the president during the 2015 election are now frustrated and disappointed by his performance.

Speaking in Abuja, Atiku who is currently aspiring to fly the flag of the PDP in the 2019 Presidential election stated that the country is also sliding towards dictatorship stressing that the Buhari government has formed the habit of disregarding court orders.

The former vice-president, while inaugurating his Presidential Nomination Council in Abuja, said Nigerians are once more increasingly being sidelined and neglected in the scheme of things.

“The change that Nigerians were promised during the last presidential election has not been delivered. And our people are rightly disappointed and frustrated,” Abubakar said.

“Their welfare is being ignored, we are once more sliding towards dictatorship as the government chooses which court order to obey, which to ignore and who is bound by the law and who is above the law.”

AIT owner, Raymond Dopkesi and two others drag Buhari to court

President Buhari has a date to keep at a Fedral High Court, Abuja after a suit challenging his executive order was filed by Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman, DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and Ray Power FM,  Senator Bala Mohammed and Ambassador Bello Mohammed.

The matter in question is Executive Order No 6 of 2018, the plaintiff argued that the said law looks to abrogate the powers of the Legislature and the Judiciary in the hands of the President. The men are challenging the constitutionality of Executive Order No 6 of 2018.

They are praying the court for an order nullifying the Order no 6 of 2018 on the ground that it constitutes a negation of the presumption of innocence of the plaintiffs until proven guilty by due process of law, as guaranteed by the constitution.

Dokpesi and co are also seeking an order nullifying the Presidential Executive Order on the ground that it scandalizes the plaintiffs by stigmatizing them as corrupt and labelling their assets as proceeds of corruption liable to forfeiture.

They are further demanding for an order of the court nullifying the Presidential Executive Order no 6 of 2018, on the ground that it constitutes a violation of the rule against self-help in that the president purports to take action detrimental to the plaintiffs in respect of assets subject to pending litigation between the Government and the plaintiffs.